Andy Thomas, Bear Clan, Oneida, Smoke Dance Singer
Andy Thomas, also known by some as Taohyagedo, is a traditional singer & dancer from the Bear Clan of the Oneida Nation. Taohyagedo graduated from Gaweni:yo High School in 2002 and has had the privilege of learning from some of the most knowledgeable Haudenosaunee teachers, singers, and leaders of our generation. At their encouragement, he has spent the last 20 years continuing to learn and teach Ukwehuwe’neha culture and language here in his home community of Six Nations, as well as in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory and Oneida Nation at the Thames. He spent time in First Nations Studies and Media Theory at Western University from 2010-2014.
Aside from his time as an artist in graphic design and water-drum making, he currently works as an Oneida Language teacher at Tsi Niyukwalihot^ Learning Centre in Oneida, Ontario.
Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce our partnership with Skateboard Project 2023!The Skateboard Project is an initiative that aims to promote Onkwehón:we artwork, active bodies, and collaboration between cultural centers across multiple Indigenous communities.In its second year, Kahnawà:ke, Kanehsatà:ke, Kenhtè:ke, Ahkwesáhsne and Six Nations came together to create seven skateboards graphics showcasing the range of styles and cultural imagery.Skateboard culture values inclusivity, individuality, creativity, and freedom and blending these with Indigenous traditions has created a project that connects communities through local art and skateboarding.Profits from the skateboard sales go towards compensation for the artist’s work and to help fund events related to June 21st (Go Skate Day/Indigenous Day/First Day of Summer).We hope to see more Indigenous communities being part of the project in the future!Woodland Cultural Centre is thrilled to participate in this fantastic community project. We will feature the seven skateboards from the participating artists in our online gift store and in the Stan Hill Gallery starting Saturday, February 18. Visit our website to support Skateboard Project 2023: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/skateboard-project-2023/... See MoreSee Less